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The Witcher 3, of all games, is coming to Switch this year

The Witcher 3, of all games, is coming to Switch this year

Given the Switch's less powerful hardware in comparison to its Xbox and PlayStation-branded competitors, there are some modern games that we wouldn't expect to receive Switch ports. For a lot of people, The Witcher 3 probably tops that list since it's such a graphics-intensive game. As it turns out, CD Projekt Red is bringing the game to Nintendo's hybrid platform anyway, despite its relatively underpowered hardware.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s next two DLC characters revealed

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s next two DLC characters revealed

As promised, E3 2019 brought the reveal of the next two DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo led its E3 Direct with news of the first one, which is the Hero from the Dragon Quest series. Though people who hate playing against sword characters will probably roll their eyes, adding Hero to Ultimate definitely makes sense given the impending launch of Dragon Quest XI on Switch.

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Xbox Backward Compatibility adds last games as work on Scarlett begins

Xbox Backward Compatibility adds last games as work on Scarlett begins

They say that all good things must come to an end but Microsoft is making sure it won't end on a sad note. Xbox One's Backward Compatibility program surprised the industry for pulling off something some thought would be both technically infeasible and also a bad business move. Over that time, the program has added more than 600 titles from the original Xbox, a.k.a. the Xbox Classic, and the Xbox 360, becoming available to all generations of Xbox One consoles. Sadly, that library will no longer grow after this week but Microsoft promises not to worry because it'll be back soon.

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Final Fantasy VIII is finally getting Remastered, not a remake

Final Fantasy VIII is finally getting Remastered, not a remake

Astute gaming industry observers not familiar with the Final Fantasy series might notice something strange in Square Enix's latest movements. Over the years, it has made nearly all of its titles available on mobile and PC and those that aren't fit to be ported have received some slight brush up. That was true for almost all titles save for one: Final Fantasy VIII. Without really giving any reason why, Square Enix is finally giving that installment some long-overdue attention in the Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, which, unlike Final Fantasy VII, is not a remake.

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Marvel’s Avengers release date revealed alongside first trailer

Marvel’s Avengers release date revealed alongside first trailer

One of the headliners going into Square Enix's E3 2019 press conference this evening was undoubtedly the upcoming Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics. Square Enix saved the biggest announcement for last, closing its show by finally giving the game - which is simply called Marvel's Avengers - a full reveal. While we don't always expect to hear talk of release dates when a game has just been revealed, Square Enix surprised us there too.

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AMD Radeon RX 5700 GPU, 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X CPU debut at E3 2019

AMD Radeon RX 5700 GPU, 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X CPU debut at E3 2019

E3 is naturally focused on all the new titles and updates to make gamers drool but, also naturally, those games are only made possible by the hardware that runs them. Game streaming services promise to make client hardware less relevant but, until that day comes, gamers will continue to need the beefiest components for the most demanding games. It's no surprise, then, that AMD is using that opportunity to reveal its combo of a new RDNA-powered graphics card and third-gen Ryzen desktop processor to promise the ultimate gaming platform for PC enthusiasts among the E3 2019 crowd.

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Final Fantasy VII remake gets an extended trailer for E3 2019

Final Fantasy VII remake gets an extended trailer for E3 2019

It's been a big couple of days for Final Fantasy VII fans. Yesterday, Square Enix finally announced a release date for the remake, setting it for March 3rd, 2020. Alongside that release date announcement, Square Enix also debuted a new trailer for Final Fantasy VII, with the promise that more information would be shared during the company's E3 2019 press conference.

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Terraria’s massive Journey’s End update will finish eight years of content

Terraria’s massive Journey’s End update will finish eight years of content

Pretty much everyone who owns a gaming PC knows what Terraria is by now. The little indie adventure game first launched way back in 2011 and almost immediately, comparisons were drawn between it and Minecraft. Fast forward to today in 2019 and Terraria has enjoyed enduring popularity on Steam, with three updates that have each vastly expanded content launching at various points throughout the years. Today, Re-Logic confirmed that a fourth major content update is in the works, and it's called Journey's End.

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Ubisoft is launching its own subscription service called Uplay+

Ubisoft is launching its own subscription service called Uplay+

One of the most surprising things to come out of Ubisoft's E3 show is news that the company is gearing up to launch its own subscription gaming service. With Uplay+, as its called, users will have access to more than 100 Ubisoft PC games spanning its various franchises. Essentially, Ubisoft is following the lead of companies like EA and Microsoft here, which already offer subscription services of their own.

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Watch Dogs Legion lets you play as anyone you want

Watch Dogs Legion lets you play as anyone you want

As teased in the lead up to E3 2019, one of Ubisoft's big reveals at the show this year was Watch Dogs Legion. In the third game in the series, we'll still play as a member of DedSec, only this time, the setting shifts to a near-future London that has been swallowed by authoritarianism. It'll be DedSec's job to fight back against mass surveillance and oppression through hacking the world around you, but this time, there's an interesting little twist that separates Watch Dogs Legion from the games that came before it.

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Shenmue 3 trailer can’t hide fan rage over Epic exclusivity

Shenmue 3 trailer can’t hide fan rage over Epic exclusivity

Even though Shenumue 3 was recently pushed back a few months, it's still far enough along in development to make an appearance at E3. Deep Silver and Yu Suzuki delivered a new trailer for the game during E3 2019's PC Gaming Show today, but unfortunately, that trailer was also accompanied by what's sure to be some controversial news. Shenmue 3, as it turns out, will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC.

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Yes, Xbox Project Scarlett will have a disc drive

Yes, Xbox Project Scarlett will have a disc drive

Yesterday, Microsoft shared the first details about its next-generation Xbox, which for now is called Project Scarlett. We didn't get to see the box itself, and we don't know how many consoles will comprise the Project Scarlett family, so there's still a lot that's unknown. Microsoft probably won't be talking more specifics for a while either, as Project Scarlett isn't due out until Holiday 2020 - around a year and a half from now.

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